Foundation Bylaws


The CSIRT Gadgets Foundation is dedicated to developing actionable, usable tool frameworks tailored to meet security operations intelligence needs. Strong governance must be established to ensure the long term success and stability of the Foundation. The intent of this constitution is to help ensure the long term sustainability and continuity of the Foundation by establishing an initial structure, roles and responsibilities for the Foundation. The Foundation is formed exclusively as a nonprofit trade association within the meaning of Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The Foundation shall have and may exercise all the rights and powers given to nonprofit non-stock corporations under General Corporation Law of Delaware.


SECTION 2.1 Definitions. The CSIRT Gadgets Foundation is a member-based organization. Membership is divided into the following categories: "Founding Members", “Full Members”,"Commercial Members", "Start-Up Members", "Liaison Members" and “Individual Members”. Where not otherwise specified, “Member” refers to “Full Member”.

SECTION 2.2 Membership Policy. All members are subject to board of director approval until a formal membership committee is formed, executed and policy can be formed. Membership status of all potential members will be determined by the board and a 66.66% vote until a more formal policy can be vetted.

SECTION 2.3 Founding Members. A Founding Member is an individual who bootstrapped the Foundation and can be found in ARTICLE 7. Founding members maintain full control over the organization until such a time where the organization is stable, self-sustaining and where a full operational governance structure has been matured. The Founding Members shall make up the initial board of directors and shall have the ability to alter this document with a 66.66% vote.

SECTION 2.4 Full Members. A Full Member is a trusted member of the organization who is actively contributing to the organization and/or its reputation. Full Members typically represent organizations who assist an information technology community or other defined constituency in preventing and handling computer security-related incidents. Example Full Members may include; national or sector level established CSIRT organizations, national or sector level established security research organizations.

SECTION 2.5 Commercial Members. A Commercial or Start-Up Member is a member who joins, contributes to and has an interest in contributing to, and the promotion of works developed in conjunction with the Foundation. These members typically offer some value add to external communities. Commercial Members are defined as being incorporated for more than three years. Start-Up Members are defined as having been incorporated less than three years. Start-Up Members shall be re-evaluated for Commercial Membership during the renewal process of their third year incorporation anniversary. At the Board of Directors approval, a Start-Up Member may apply for yearly extensions of their Start-Up Member status depending on their company size in relation to other Start-Up/Commercial Members. Legal Entities with multiple non-private stock holders, and/or public companies are automatically defined as Commercial Members.

SECTION 2.6 Liaison Members. A Liaison Member is an individual or representatives of organizations that have a legitimate interest in and provide value to the Foundation. These members are typically individuals who find value in the Foundation and regularly contribute to the community and it's sustainability. Liaison Members may include lower level CSIRT organizations that aren't able to participate as Full Members.

SECTION 2.7 Individual Members. An Individual Member is an individual that has a legitimate interest in and provide value to the Foundation. These members are typically individuals who find value in the Foundation and regularly contribute to the community and it's sustainability. Liaison Members may include lower level CSIRT organizations that aren't able to participate as Liaison Members.

SECTION 2.8 Membership Fees. To help finance the operations of the Foundation, Members will pay a yearly fee. Such period may be renewed at the discretion of the board of directors.

SECTION 2.9 Sponsor. A Sponsor is an individual or corporate entity that does not or is not able to participate as an official member. Sponsors are able to regularly able to contribute in lesser amounts than normal members. Regular Sponsors (yearly) will receive recognition for their contribution on the Foundations website but will not receive the benefits of membership.

SECTION 2.10. Agreements. All members are required to sign a Membership Agreement ("Membership Agreement") documenting their relationship with the Foundation.


SECTION 3.1 Board of Directors

SUBSECTION 3.1.1 Powers. The business and affairs of the Corporation shall be managed by or under the direction of the Board of Directors, which may exercise all such powers of the Incorporation or by these Bylaws specifically reserved to the Members. The Board of Directors shall also be responsible for developing policies and procedures concerning the operation of the Foundation including (but not limited to) policies for solicitation, acceptance and management of grants, contracts and donations.

SUBSECTION 3.1.2 Number. The Corporation shall have no more than seven (7) Directors.

SUBSECTION 3.1.3 Quorum and Voting. Two-thirds (66.66%) of the Directors fixed in accordance with these Bylaws, in office at the time, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The vote of a majority of the Directors present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board of Directors.

SUBSECTION 3.1.4 Election. Director nominations must be from and of existing Full or Founding Members. Nominations will only be considered in the event of an existing vacancy.

SECTION 3.2 Advisory Board

SUBSECTION 3.2.1 Powers. The Advisory Board shall be comprised of the Members. The Advisory Board has no corporate decision-making authority or board voting rights, but provides a vehicle for its members to communicate with the Board and help the Directors guide the overall direction of the Foundation.

SUBSECTION 3.2.2 Number. The Corporation shall have no more than five (5) Advisory Board Members.

SUBSECTION 3.2.3 Election. Advisory Board members shall be nominated and elected by the Members of the Foundation.


The intent of our Intellectual Property policy is to ensure both the author of the original work and the community at large can benefit from the work.

SECTION 4.1 Copyright. Copyright determines who owns the 'work'. The copyright holder is the one who determines what license the 'work' is distributed as.

SUBSECTION 4.1.1 Software. Any contributions (major or minor) will be accepted as contributions to the Foundation. By contributing to the Foundation authors are transferring any rights to their contribution and asserts they have the right to contribute and transfer these rights. Where applicable credit will be given to the author(s). Members are required to sign the Contribution Agreement ("Contribution Agreement") with the Foundation in a 'best effort' to ensure the integrity of the code bases. The Contribution Agreement can be found at

SUBSECTION 4.1.2 Presentations and Papers. Copyrights in papers or presentations published through the Foundation are to be assigned to the Foundation and are in all cases to be CCv3 licensed as defined by unless otherwise specified. Authors are given full recognition for their authorship in the paper, if they so desire.

SECTION 4.2 License. License determines who and how people can use, modify, and distribute a work.

SUBSECTION 4.2.1 Software. Any software developed within or distributed through the Foundation must be open source, as defined by We recommend the use of the LGPLv3 license but any open source license is acceptable.

SUBSECTION 4.3 Agreements. All Members are required to sign and execute a membership agreement with the Foundation. By execution of the Membership Agreement, the Member implicitly agrees to the Contribution Agreement and shall enjoy all rights and obligations thereof.


SECTION 5.1 Definitions. For purposes of this ARTICLE, references to “the Corporation” shall include, in addition to the resulting Corporation, any constituent Corporation (including any constituent of a constituent) absorbed in a consolidation or merger which, if its separate existence had continued, would have had power and authority to indemnify its Directors, Officers, and employees or agents, so that any person who is or was a Director, Officer, employee or agent of such constituentCorporation, or is or was serving at the request of such constituent Corporation as a Director, Officer, employee or agent of another Corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, shall stand in the same position under this ARTICLE with respect to the resulting or surviving Corporation as he or she would have with respect to such constituent Corporation if its separate existence had continued, and references to “other enterprises” shall include employee benefit plans; references to “fines” shall include any excise taxes assessed on a person with respect to any employee benefit plan; and references to “serving at the request of the Corporation” shall include any service as a Director, Officer, employee or agent of the Corporation which imposes duties on, or involves services by, such Director, Officer, employee, or agent with respect to an employee benefit plan, its participants, or beneficiaries; and a person who acted in good faith and in a manner he or she reasonably believed to be in the interest of the participants and beneficiaries of an employee benefit plan shall be deemed to have acted in a manner “not opposed to the best interests of the Corporation” as referred to in this ARTICLE.

SECTION 5.2 Liability. No Member shall be personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or other obligations (absent of fraud) of the Foundation. The Foundation shall not be liable for any damage arising out of the activities of the Foundation which are initiated and conducted in good faith and within a framework of volunteerism.

SECTION 5.3 Right to Indemnification. Each person who was or is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any threatened, pending or completed action, suit, or proceeding, whether civil, criminal, administrative, or investigative (other than an action by or in the right of the Corporation), by reason of the fact that he or she is or was a Director, Officer or Member of the Corporation, or is or was serving at the request of the Corporation as a Director, Officer, employee, or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other enterprise, shall be entitled to indemnification against expenses (including attorneys’ fees), judgments, fines, and amounts paid in settlement to the fullest extent now or hereafter permitted by applicable law as long as such person acted in good faith and in a manner that such person reasonably believed to be in or not be opposed to the best interests of the Corporation; provided, however, that the Corporation shall indemnify any such person seeking indemnity in connection with an action, suit or proceeding(or part thereof) initiated by such person only if such action, suit or proceeding (or part thereof) was authorized by the Board of Directors.


SECTION 6.1 Amendments. These bylaws may be altered, amended, replaced or added to by a 66.66% or greater vote in the affirmative by the board of directors.

SECTION 6.2 Transfers. Members have the ability to transfer any 'works' or 'assets' to the Foundation they wish to be placed under the Foundation's stewardship. The Foundation has the right to reject these works if deemed that it is not the right place or the Foundation does not have the resources to maintain the 'works' or 'assets'.


Nickel City Software, LLC
the Anti Phishing Working Group
University of Washington, Office of CISO
CSIRT Gadgets, LCC

ARTICLE 8 Agreements

SECTION 8.1 Repository. All master agreement templates shall be located at

SECTION 8.2 Releases. All recent releases of agreements shall be made available at

SECTION 8.3 License. All agreements shall be released under CCv3 NO ATTRIBUTION REQUIRED unless otherwise specified.